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The Best NFL Players From New York

Updated August 2, 2019 704 votes 87 voters 2.6k views60 items

List RulesVote up the top pro football players born or raised in New York

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from New York! New York football players seem to collect championships at a rapid rate thanks to a lot of the players on this list being a part of some dynasties. The Empire State also is home to some of the best football players of all time like Rob Gronkowski and Ron Jaworski, as well as maybe the best running back in the NFL right now, Saquon Barkley.

Vote for who you think are the top NFL players from New York and add any of your favorites missing from the list!

  • 1
    Rob Gronkowski
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    Rob Gronkowski

    Amherst, New York

    PositionTight end

    Age31

    TeamsArizona Wildcats football, New England Patriots

    Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk", is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Saquon Barkley
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    Saquon Barkley

    New York City, New York

    PositionRunning back

    TeamsNew York Giants

    Saquon Barkley (born February 9, 1997) is an American football running back for the New York... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Devin McCourty
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    Devin McCourty

    Nyack, New York

    PositionCornerback

    Age33

    TeamsRutgers Scarlet Knights football, New England Patriots

    Devin McCourty (born August 13, 1987) is an American football free safety for the New England... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Vinny Testaverde
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    Vinny Testaverde

    New York City, New York

    PositionQuarterback

    Age56

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers

    Vincent Frank Testaverde Sr. (; born November 13, 1963) is an American former football... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Sid Luckman
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    Sid Luckman

    New York City, New York

    PositionQuarterback

    AgeDied at 82 (1916-1998)

    Sidney Luckman (November 21, 1916 – July 5, 1998) was an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Art Monk
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    Art Monk

    White Plains, New York

    PositionWide receiver

    Age62

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Syracuse Orange football, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles

    James Arthur Monk (born December 5, 1957) is an American former football wide receiver in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Kevin Greene
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    Kevin Greene

    Schenectady, New York

    PositionLinebacker

    Age58

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Auburn Tigers football, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers

    Kevin Greene may refer to: Kevin Greene (rugby union) (born 1949), New Zealand rugby union... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Boomer Esiason
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    Boomer Esiason

    West Islip, New York

    PositionQuarterback

    Age59

    TeamsMaryland Terrapins football, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets

    Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason (; born April 17, 1961) is an American retired football... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Jason McCourty
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    Jason McCourty

    Nyack, New York

    PositionCornerback

    Age33

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    Jason McCourty (born August 13, 1987) is an American football cornerback for the New England... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    B. J. Raji
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    B. J. Raji

    New York City, New York

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end, Nose tackle

    Age34

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, Boston College Eagles football

    Busari Alamu Raji Jr. (born July 11, 1986) is a former American football defensive tackle. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Frank Reich
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    Frank Reich

    Freeport, New York

    PositionQuarterback

    Age58

    Frank Michael Reich Jr. (rye-k) (born December 4, 1961) is an American football coach and... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Dion Lewis
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    Dion Lewis

    Albany, New York

    PositionRunning back

    Age29

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    Dion John Lewis (born September 27, 1990) is an American football running back for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    D'Brickashaw Ferguson
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    D'Brickashaw Ferguson

    New York City, New York

    PositionTackle

    Age36

    TeamsNew York Jets

    D'Brickashaw Montgomery Ferguson (born December 10, 1983) is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    John Mackey
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    John Mackey

    New York City, New York

    PositionTight end

    AgeDied at 70 (1941-2011)

    TeamsBaltimore Colts, Syracuse Orange football, San Diego Chargers

    John Mackey (September 24, 1941 – July 6, 2011) was an American football tight end who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Ron Jaworski
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    Ron Jaworski

    Lackawanna, New York

    PositionQuarterback

    Age69

    TeamsYoungstown State Penguins football, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs

    Ronald Vincent Jaworski (born March 23, 1951) is a former American football quarterback. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Lyle Alzado
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    Lyle Alzado

    New York City, New York

    AgeDied at 43 (1949-1992)

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns

    Lyle Martin Alzado (April 3, 1949 – May 14, 1992) was an American professional All Pro... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Ken O'Brien
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    Ken O'Brien

    Rockville Centre, New York

    PositionQuarterback

    Age59

    Kenneth John O'Brien, Jr. (born November 27, 1960) is a former American football quarterback... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Ricky Proehl
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    Ricky Proehl

    New York City, New York

    PositionWide receiver

    Age52

    Richard Scott Proehl (born March 7, 1968) is a former American football wide receiver in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    George Starke
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    George Starke

    New York City, New York

    PositionOffensive Lineman

    Age72

    George Lawrence Starke (born July 18, 1948) is a former American football offensive lineman... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Dorsey Levens
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    Dorsey Levens

    Syracuse, New York

    Age50

    TeamsNotre Dame Fighting Irish football, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

    Herbert Dorsey Levens (born May 21, 1970) is a retired American football running back in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Mark May
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    Mark May

    Oneonta, New York

    Age60

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Panthers football, San Diego Chargers

    Mark Eric May (born November 2, 1959) is a former American college and professional football... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Will Smith
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    Will Smith

    New York City, New York

    PositionDefensive end

    Age39

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

    William Raymond Smith III (July 4, 1981 – April 9, 2016) was an American football defensive... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Seth Joyner
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    Seth Joyner

    Spring Valley, New York

    PositionLinebacker

    Age55

    Seth Joyner (born November 18, 1964), is a former American football linebacker in the National... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Bob Waterfield
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    Bob Waterfield

    Elmira, New York

    PositionPunter, Quarterback, Placekicker, Defensive back

    AgeDied at 63 (1920-1983)

    Robert Stanton Waterfield (July 26, 1920 – March 25, 1983) was an American football player and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Art Donovan
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    Art Donovan

    New York City, New York

    PositionDefensive tackle

    AgeDied at 89 (1924-2013)

    TeamsBaltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Yanks, Dallas Texans

    Arthur James Donovan Jr. (June 5, 1924 – August 4, 2013), nicknamed the Bulldog, was an... more on Wikipedia